Emily’s Christmas Gifts By Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post

Christmas is coming! And while we all love opening gifts, kindness and consideration are often the most valuable Christmas gifts one can give—to friends and family alike.

In Emily’s Christmas Gifts, young Emily brightens the smiles of all around her by helping around the house, lending a hand with family festivities, and showing kindness to friends and family everywhere.

Although the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year,” they can also be a minefield of manners meltdowns as people rush through shopping malls, prepare elaborate meals, and open potentially disappointing presents with not-so-favorite relatives. It’s especially challenging for small children, who don’t know that they may hurt Grandma’s feelings when they say, “Yuck! I hate fish!” or “I already have this doll!”

Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D. and Peggy Post have written Emily’s Christmas Gifts as a reminder of how to keep the holiday spirit alive. In Emily’s Christmas Gifts, young Emily expresses how much she loves giving gifts, but she tells young readers that the most important gifts don’t go under the tree. In her words, “These are the gifts of kindness and consideration. Even though they don’t cost a cent, everyone appreciates them.”

Steve Björkman’s lighthearted watercolor illustrations bring Emily’s world to life as she helps another child with her nativity costume, lends a hand with dinner, puts up lights with her dad, and acknowledges that sometimes people get a little cranky during all the holiday commotion. Her solution? Dad will be thrilled, Mom thankful, and Grandma and Grandpa full of pride when you help out, express your gratitude, and focus on kindness during the holidays.

Emily’s Christmas Gifts is recommended for children age 5-8.

About the authors
Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D., is the co-author of a dozen books on etiquette for both parents and children, including The Gift of Good Manners, The Guide to Good Manners for Kids, and Emily's Everyday Manners. Her professional career spanned nearly thirty years in education and health. Now retired, Cindy continues to lead the Emily Post Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer Program twice a year.
PEGGY POST, is an author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, and has written fourteen books on etiquette, including as a co-author of the Institute's flagship book, Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition. Peggy is a nationally recognized authority on etiquette, and millions of people seek her advice through her monthly column in Good Housekeeping and her appearances on national radio and television, including Today, Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Good Morning America.